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Danny's Irish Style Red Ale | Moylan's Brewery

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Danny's Irish Style Red AleDanny's Irish Style Red Ale

Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery
California, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 124 | Ratings: 186
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Different but only liked it so-so. Dry barley with more sweetness than bitterness. Could not drink very much of this bomber. Reddish coloured body with one quarter inch of off-white retained head. A different aroma.A tad above average mouthfeel. Lace sheet.Fine for what it is.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Moylan's Brewery in Novato, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, nut, and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but nothing really stands out about this one.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy apricot color with a modest head that leaves dots and dashes behind

Smell: Fruity, with a big toffee malt backbone supporting the bready and yeast undertones

Taste: Loads of toffee, up front, with a stone fruit diversion developing by mid-palate; though the beer is rather sweet from start to finish, there is a grainy aspect that arrives after the swallow to balance things out

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A tad too sweet for my tastebuds, but an excellent example of the style

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear caramel-colored with little to no head. No lacing either.

S - It smelled of caramel and sweet malt. No much going on here either.

T - The beer really improves here. Delicious sweet caramel flavor with grassy hop bite. It really is a great version of an Irish Red.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied ale.

D - Again, it's a delicious caramel/malty Irish Red ale. Not an impressive appearance or aroma, but it delivers on taste.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $4.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a near clear, reddish-copper body with a thin, ivory-hued head.

Smell: Toasted malts, a bit of sweet toffee crumbles, and ah herbal pinch of burley tobacco, with a background hint of ill-defined fruitiness.

Taste: Robust toastiness and fairly sweet throughout, with heavy-handed touches of caramel and toffee noting a goodly portion of crystal malt. A drop of sweetish pear juice, a hint of golden raisin. Lightly herbal, lightly leafy hop character with a very low bitterness, never really getting in the way of the sweetness. Once the tongue gets acclimated to all the sugariness, I notice some traces of minerals and chilled black tea. Sweet, southern iced tea finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: One for the malty sweet drinkers, heading towards some slight cloying stickiness. I would prefer a skosh less sweetness and alcohol. Just a skosh, mind you.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice light brown color, hazelnut highlights are riddled throughout with a wonderful mix of colors. A smallish head of light tan then pops up from the bottom of the glass and reaches about a half an inch before settling back down again.

Aroma is of light caramel, roasted nuts, light touches of butterscotch like sugary notes. Warming brings out a very earthy and pronounced flavor to it. Really nice done but a touch light. This is my only complaint as it did not have the pop I was really looking for at the time. Smooth, even flavor really did not deviate much from beginning to end as the overall impact was nicely put together. A bit light on the feel but this helped to keep it very drinkable and the subtly sweet finish was the icing on the cake.

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Photo of russpowell
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-hazed caramel/orange with a sliver of cream colored head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Pears & apricots, not much else

T: Orchard fruit, dryness, leafy hops, & a bit of caramel up front. Fruittyness dominates as this warms, some leafy hops too. Finishes with apricot, persimmons & leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied, creamy carbonation. Body thins out a bit as this warms

Drinks alright, but not really holding my interest. About middle of the pack for this style. Not had to many new offerings (to me) from Moylan's lately that have impressed me to be honest

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy red in color, slim white head.

Sweetish, though dry, malty nose. Plump cherry and apple. Pleasant, if mellow.

Taste: just like a red ale should, with a bigger dash of fruit. Crisp, bright, the tiniest bit sharp, mild hops, but as I drink more I realize it's plenty hoppier than the average Irish Red. Medium-bodied, excellent drinkability and just darned tasty.

Went great with my dinner, and I'm sure it would with most anyone's.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle consumed with dinner, on to the beer:

Deep, dark bodied reddish orange in color, the head is decent and patchy. Earthy aroma, some sides of esters. In the mouth, it is a smooth beer that hides its body well. Very earthy flavor at the begining. Fruit esters pull through with a light husky grain, leafy hop, and toasted note. Toffee is noted towards the end of the sip, where it leaves a trail of itself in the aftertaste. Goes down very easy.

A good Irish Red; better than the mass-prodcued imported brands we get in the states.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to swalden28 for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a slightly hazy red-orange color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee and earth, with some orange citrus mixed in. The flavor is more of the same. I grt a lot of toffee and some cocoa, as well as some earth and orange. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled March 2007
Pours with a three-finger thick, creamed-amber to tan colored head that sits atop a brilliantly clear, reddish-amber, almost cranberry colored brew. The aroma is quite malty with notes of biscuit malt, soda crackers, fruity raisin notes, and some definite berry aromatics. The aroma almost smells artificial in some way; it is not, but something about the malt sweetness gives me this impression.

Lightly full, medium body here. It is still fairly sweet, with that amp'd up berry character here in the flavor. Toasted biscuit malt notes are evident up front and there is a touch of dark grain astringency in the finish, though I wouldn't say there is any roast character here. Lots of caramelized crystal malt character here, this brew is practically definite by it. The hops play a supporting role here; most noticeable as a light to nipping bitterness in the finish, but there is also a nice herbal hop flavor here as well. There is an almost saccharine quality to the berry-sweetness in the finish here, not sure what is giving the beer this taste, but it is a touch distracting at times. Still this is mostly a really nice, malty beer that is easy drinking and great for those who like the malt focused equivalent of a Pale Ale.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours red with a small white head, fair head retention, looks like a typical pint in a shaker glass.

S: Heavy on malt, seems to be a real crystal malt smell, light earthy hop note.

T: As with the scent this is a malt forward brew and quite tasty, it's nice that they stuck to the traditional style. Toffee, sugar, caramel. Hops are evident, but real light, just enough to give the beer balance.

M: Relatively light-bodied and drinkable, smooth. Cloying at times with some astringency, overall not bad though.

D: Haven't had a beer of this style in a long time, so it was nice to go back. Fresh and tasty, I enjoyed this pint.

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Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mildly hazy reddish brown ale.

Smell is sweet malt and a smoky smell of dark roasted malt. There is a "Sweet Tea" aroma to this like southern Iced tea.

Taste is sweet and decidedly smoky like a scotch ale. A nice mellow flavor that reminds me of pipe tobacco. This is an extremely mellow and pleasant tasting brew.

Mouthfeel is good.

An easy drinking mellow brew highly recommended.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap in the Rogue Pub on Union St, San Fran: 3rd Feb 2013.

Headless pour: red hue to the dirty orange/brown body.

Malts rule the roost here: both in the nose and the mouth. The hops do balance it out nicely and give a slight bitter finish but overall the malts sweetness pushes the flavours towards caramel and toffee like tastes.

I like the sweeter brews so this was fine in my eyes (apart from actually looking at it!).

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice reddish amber with a light head that fades quickly to a thin cap. Somewhat strange herbal and malty aromas that are a little light. The taste is surprisingly bland. There is some dry malt, some faint fruitiness and some faint bitterness, but the flavors all sort of cancel each other out. Not bad, but pretty neutral. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and the malt starts to grow a bit as i warms up, but its not too sweet. Not terrible, just a misses the mark a bit.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear, but brightly coloured amber-orange. I think calling it red is pushing it. Initial froth of head, that dissipates to nothing more than a light foamy ring around the edge. Still leaves some reasonable lacing, but overall, it's not a great looking red ale. Average at best.

Nose is malty and dry, with a decent dollop of grains, but little sweetness. A very faint hint of smokiness to it, but it's so weak it's almost ephemeral. These are all reasonably true characters for the style, but there's very little to it. It seems very weak, even if it's relatively style-appropriate.

Taste is a little better, with pleasant grainy malt on the front, which dries out over a long period to a pleasant nutty character, just touched with a hint of vanilla. Feel is very light, reasonably smooth, but a far cry from the best examples. Not bad though.

Yeah, it's missing something. I like the light graininess and the nutty characters, and it's light enough to be quite drinkable for a beer clocking in above session strength, but there's something too light, too dumbed down about it for me to really enjoy it. Tasty enough, but something I'll probably forget pretty quickly.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ!

Lots of awards on the label, too bad they couldn't find room for a bottled on date..

It pours a hazy dark red with a 2 finger head of foam and looks to have some good lacing.

Lots of caramel malt and biscuit in the nose that makes for a pretty sweet aroma; no bitterness pulled out after many sniffs.

The taste has some biscuit and caramel, is grainy, no noticeable bitterness and darn it, comes across as very mediocre in the long run. The smell suggested some vibrancy to the taste but in that department, it is severely lack. Very dull.

Medium body, medium carbonation, a good mouth feel.

Drinkability would be a whole lot better if the overall taste had some oomph to it. It's not a hard brew to drink, just boring.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single somewhere in NoVA, either WF/Vienna, WF/Annadale, Norm's, or Rick's.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a weak 1/4" beige head above the reddish amber brew. Head is gone in a flash, very disappointing for the style, leaving just a film and a few odd bubbles here and there. Some lacing present. Aroma is lightly of sweet caramel malts. Taste is reasonably well-balanced, with grain husks balanced by the sedate hops character. Mouthfeel is kind of chalky/grainy, and lacking in the carbonation department, but it goes down pretty well. Nothing I'd go out of my way to find again.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruddy, rusty, woodstain like amber, but not much of a head or any bubbling. Great color color though. AMBROSIA!!! Golden toasted barely grains glide into the nostrils mixing with some light caramel and minty hop notes. The taste has subtle yet undeniable flavors abounding. Heavy breads with some caramel and honey faintly drizzled on top. A little buttery on the paate, but the faint mint and pine hops cuts through the malt butter flavor a bit. Screams round after round at "ye olde pube". NOT A TYPO!

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Photo of mltobin
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at The Pony Bar in New York.

Appearance is a nice copper tone with 1 finger of head. Danny`s Irish Red smells of grains and malts mostly, some hops. Taking a sip and the taste has some light fruits, more malts. MF is medium and finishes bitter and dry. A slightly better than average beer that would pair well with wings

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Photo of Bighuge
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This fucker pours with some viscosity. Pretty murky. Deep, dark scarlet red hue. Thin bubbly beige head. Lace is moderate in quantity and spotty in nature. Very nice toasted malt aroma. Very pronounced aroma that is quite pleasing. Flavor profile is quite balanced between caramel maltiness and toasted maltiness. It's a good blend. Just a titch of ghostly smoke/peat character. Hops aren't detectable. Only around for a little countering effect if anything. A bit dry on the finish. Highly quaffable and tasty.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours forth from the 22 ounce bottle an reddish orange with a demonstrative creamy white head that upon its erosion leaves a velum like coating to conceal the glass. Nose has a sour dough earthiness, somewhat sweet with a grassy tone, hints of oranges, caramel also peek though the maze. Start has a decent malt presence; mint like bitterness also present, with a touch, top is medium in feel. Finish has a stinging acidity, the hops blatantly spicy, dry as a bone aftertaste sticks to the palate like super glue, quite drinkable, a nice everyday beer.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Malty aroma has a fruity underpinning, and is not strong but still inviting. It pours a clear amber-copper with an off-white head that doesn't stick around for long. Flavor has a core of malt plus subtle fruity, caramel, grassy and woody tones and a whisper of honey sweetness. Texture is about average fairly smooth and gently fizzy. Overall, not great but still worthy.

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Photo of Pencible
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear dark copper with tan head.
S: It smelled like very bready wheat and barley, with unsalted popcorn and a bit of honey.
T: It tasted like lightly roasted barley and bready wheat, with caramel and nutty malt. It had a smooth, sweet and dry aftertaste.
M: It was thick with a little carbonation. Nice body.
D: This was like a light Scotch ale, with malty but clean scent and taste. Nice body too, and very easy to drink. Good beer, but nothing great.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber pours with a slight haze and a small tan foam. Retention is average and it does not leave much lacing at all.

Smell is malty with even a bit of smoky peat in the aroma. Some earthy bread is detectable as well as a touch of honey.

Taste is a bit fruity and buttery to be considered a clean, malty red ale. The peat that I noticed in the nose carries on into the flavor and contributes more to the 'unclean' feel of this beer. I am not getting much caramel sweetness which usually is a trademark of the style. Body is a touch on the light side and the ABV is well hidden. Hoppy bitterness creeps in on the finish but really does not contribute much overall. I cant think of too many positive traits for Danny's Irish Style Red Ale, and at nearly 5 bucks a bomber I can say with certainty I wont be buying it again. It's not a horrible beer, but average at best.

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